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Lunchtime information

 School Lunches

Lunchtime is from 12.15pm-1.15pm every day in year 1 and year 2. For reception this is from 12.00pm-1.00pm.

Children have the option of choosing a free school lunch or bringing a packed lunch from home. Please see the current menu here.

Long established education caterers, Taylor Shaw are proud to serve freshly made school meals on site for the children, under the Food for Life Bronze Award. Taylor Shaw have become one of the UK’s leading specialist caterers in the primary education sector, using fresh and local produce to build a positive food culture amongst pupils, including fun theme days and food education events to contribute to the welfare of the young people in their learning environment. 

With quality and well-being at the heart of the service, Taylor Shaw are committed to providing pupils with an exciting menu, tailored to the palettes and dietary requirements of our pupils. From field to fork, the menu available on site offers innovative yet responsibly sourced, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers with support from Taylor Shaw’s creative food development team.

Our pupils are served by our dedicated catering team of passionate food-lovers that pride themselves on a truly personal service that is compliant and nutritious, backed by the team of Taylor Shaw dieticians, Gemma Ewen, Hannah Allan and Hannah Dobson.

Over the next few month we are focusing on healthy eating and nutrition. We are working with two
food and nutrition students from Hallam University, Laura and Yuna who will be in school to look at
how we can improve lunchtimes for our children, this will mean looking at the environment, getting
children to try new foods. Dawn and Louise, our kitchen staff, are brilliant at providing healthy,
nutritious meals for the children each day.
Each day they provide (free of charge):
 A hot lunch
 A vegetarian lunch
 Jacket potato with a choice of fillings
 A range of sandwiches.
 A salad bar is also provided for children to help themselves to.
 Dessert or fruit
We also cater for children who require a specialist diet if this is supported by a health/medical
For the children who bring a packed lunch, we encourage them to bring a healthy balanced lunch
which contains fruit and healthy snacks. Unfortunately we cannot allow any carbonated or high
sugar drinks. Please see our Healthy Lunchbox Leaflet.

Please remember Brightside is a ‘Nut Free’ school - due to a number of children having nut allergies and the safety risks through cross contamination.
We also encourage children and staff to drink as much water as possible throughout the day to help
keep them hydrated and to support brain function while learning. Unfortunately due to the sugar
content in juice and the impact this has on teeth – we don’t allow juice.


Lunchtime Monitors

Some of the year 2 children have applied to be lunchtime monitors. They help the lunchtime supervisors to support some of the reception and year 1 children in the dining hall. 




School milk and fruit

All children are provided with a piece of fruit for their morning snack.  School milk is available at playtime/snack time and is free until children are 5 years old.  When children are 5 years old, school milk can be purchased termly by paying at the school office. We encourage children to bring water bottles to school to use in the classrooms.

Play time

There is a large playground at Brightside NI School for the reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils to use at playtime and lunchtime. It has a range of play equipment for the pupils.

Reception and nursery children also have their own outdoor areas that are attached to their classrooms.

At Brightside we have been developing different play zones to enable children to play constructively in areas without inhibiting others.

Our playground currently has:

  • A quiet zone – a place where children can read, draw and write.
  • A games zone – Lunchtime Supervisors lead a number of traditional games each day such as skipping, circus skills, throwing and catching, hopscotch and circle games.
  • A school garden zone – a zone where children can support with gardening, make dens and explore.
  • A team games zone – 3 separate areas to play football, basketball etc. Archers Sports Coaches support the children 3 days per week.
  • An imaginative zone – this is an area where children can use material and other equipment to develop their imaginative play.

At playtime children are able to choose to enjoy their own free play or join in with the lunchtime supervisors and sports coaches.